Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Labour plans tax-funded propaganda blitz

Tony Ryall MP
National Party Health Spokesman

18 September 2007

Labour plans tax-funded propaganda blitz

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall is appalled that Labour is already planning to exploit the loop-holes it has left itself in the electoral reform bill, with a tax-funded propaganda blitz on health in election year.

"Leaked draft documents reveal the extent to which Labour plans to campaign on the public purse. This campaign includes a script for call-takers at an 0800 phone line who will sing the praises of Labour's health policies."

Mr Ryall is referring to papers tabled by National Leader John Key in Parliament today which show the campaign is designed to leverage off another media campaign which is already under way and which highlights Labour's recent changes to the funding of doctors' visits.

"It's hard to see how this can be described as anything but overt electioneering. However, it will not be caught by the electoral reform bill because Labour wants to exempt departmental advertising. It's now clear why politically neutral public servants are no longer welcome in departmental comms teams."

Mr Ryall says the script being provided to call-takers includes such gems as, 'the Labour-led Government has invested $2.2 billion over the past six years to help make primary health care more affordable for everyone' and 'it has never been easier or more affordable for you to go to the doctor'.

"When Kiwi patients are being treated on trolleys in corridors and bleeding into garden buckets at hospital A & E departments, many will question the value of a health advertising campaign where call takers on the free phone line are instructed to talk about the virtues of the 'Labour-led' Government."

Mr Ryall says the campaign is due to kick off in April, at a time when all other New Zealanders who want to play a part in our democracy will face strict limits and conditions.

"This is exactly the sort of behaviour that New Zealanders railed against in 2005, when Labour eventually buckled to public pressure and repaid the money it plundered from the taxpayer purse to fund its pledge card."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news